CMTU Conservation Banquet 2016

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:

The Catskill Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to our 52nd Annual Conservation Banquet, 6:00 PM, Saturday, October 29th, at the Stonehedge Restaurant on Route 9w in West Park, NY. The banquet is one of the highlights of our year. It’s a great chance to see old friends, meet new members, eat good food, and win great prizes.  As many of you know, this is the major fund raising event for our chapter, and it enables us to do all the good work that we do each year to conserve, protect, and restore the coldwater fisheries in our region and beyond.

The evening begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6:00 PM, during which you can bid on a wide array of bucket raffles and silent auction items donated by area businesses and some of your favorite fly fishing gear companies.

In addition, this year we’ve added a grand prize raffle with three exciting prizes. This year’s grand prize raffle items include:

First Prize: Orvis Superfine Rod (7’6”, 4wt)

Second Prize: 2 Night Stay for 2 , Hungry Trout Resort

Third Prize: Guided 1-day trip for 3 on the Douglaston Salmon Run with Dave “Rocky” Rockwell.

Grand prize raffle tickets are $10 per ticket OR 3 tickets for $20. You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite or by contacting Ron Urban (845-339-5938 or

Dinner will begin being served at 7:15 PM. Wine and cheese will be available also.

Following the dinner, noted author and former DEC Fisheries Principal Habitat Technician Ed Van Put, together with his wife Judy Van Put, will give a power point presentation on artists who fished the Catskills. In addition to being the birthplace of fly fishing in America, the Catskills played an important role in American landscape painting.   Judy will present the program, and explain how those two activities often overlapped; after which Ed will answer questions – either on the subject or on fishing in general.   As many of you know, Ed Van Put is the author of Trout Fishing in the Catskills, the comprehensive history of Catskill fishing, as well as The Beaverkill: The History of a River and its People, which has just been released in a new edition, with much more text and artwork, color photos throughout, as well as a special section on Flies with Ties to the Beaverkill – photos of 25 fly patterns Ed tied with descriptions of each.
After the presentation, we will have drawings for the bucket raffles, announce the winners of our silent auction, and draw the winning conservation raffle tickets.

Please join us for an evening of good fun, food, cheer, and fish stories.

How to Register

In addition to being able to register by mail, you can register online through Eventbrite. Eventbrite will also allow you to purchase tickets for our grand prize raffle.  Reservation payments in advance will earn five free bucket raffle tickets each at the Banquet. Payment at the door is also accepted.

To register online, go to our Eventbrite page.

Or print the attached pdf, complete  and mail in the registration form in the below.

cmtu-banquet-invite-2016 pdf version

If you have any question, call Andrew Higgins at 845-802-3861 or email at:


CMTU is a 501c3 Non-profit organization as determined by the IRS

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